DANIEL ROMANO’S MODERN PRESSURE IS OUT NOW VIA NEW WEST RECORDS; INCLUDED IN NERDIST’S “THE BEST UNDERGROUND ALBUMS OF MAY 2017”
PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE RAMONES WITH "THE PRIDE OF QUEENS” MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERING AT BROOKLYN VEGAN
ALBUM SINGLE “WHEN I LEARNED YOUR NAME” INCLUDED IN THIS WEEK’S TOP 20 COUNTDOWN AT CBC RADIO 2 IN CANADA
U.S. TOUR STARTS JUNE 13 WITH DATES IN BOSTON, WASHINGTON DC, BROOKLYN, PHILADELPHIA, ATLANTA, NASHVILLE, CHICAGO, AND MORE
NASHVILLE, TN (June 6, 2017) – Prolific singer/songwriter and Rock ‘n' Roll chameleon Daniel Romano has released a self-directed music video for "The Pride Of Queens" from his new album Modern Pressure; which is out now via New West Records and available for purchase on vinyl, CD, and digital download HERE. A tribute to legendary punk band The Ramones, the video for "The Pride Of Queens" premiered at Brooklyn Vegan yesterday and can be viewed/shared now HERE. Modern Pressure released to critical acclaim last month with Nerdist including the album in their “The Best Underground Albums Of May 2017” roundup, and Vinyl Me, Please praising, “...Modern Pressure is cool. Like, old-school cool,” in an extensive feature on the album. Additionally, the album single “When I Learned Your Name,” which Exclaim! says “may be the catchiest cut Romano's ever penned,” has landed a spot on this week’s Top 20 countdown at CBC Radio 2 in Canada. Romano and his band will join host Tom Power on Canada's national flagship arts and culture radio show CBC radio q to air June 21 via CBC Radio 2 at 10 am local time and via PRI International. Romano is also soon to embark on a U.S. tour that starts June 13 in Boston and includes dates in Washington DC, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Nashville, Chicago, and more. The U.S. shows will be followed by a full European tour this Fall. Please see below for tour details.
Vice’s music site Noisey originally announced Modern Pressure’s release and premiered the video for album track "Roya" calling it "a dreamy, laid back head-nodder featuring shuffling shakers, jangly tambourine, and ever-present, slinking guitar lines." Of the 12-song set, they state, "It's sonically spiritual to 2016's Mosey, and shows Romano continuing to sharpen his signature sound, combining elements of retro-tinged rock 'n' roll, country, and psychedelia to create a vibrant tapestry of tunes that feel just as at home in 2017 as they might in 1965." Ahead of the album’s release, "When I Learned Your Name" premiered at FLOOD Magazine who praised, "Daniel Romano sings like Adam Granduciel, plays guitar like a member of Thin Lizzy, and writes songs like Wilco at their power-poppiest." EARMILK recently premiered the video for the album’s title track calling it "outstanding" and stating, "The songs’ storytelling harkens back to an early Bob Dylan-esque sound but filled with various instrumental and dynamic horn builds and mixed with Romano’s straight to the point, yet poignant lyricism."
Propelled and resourceful as he is prolific, Romano recorded Modern Pressure at a minimalistic cabin in secluded Finnsäs, Sweden with additional string and horn players being added at Baldwin Street Sound in Toronto, ON. Engineered by long-time collaborator Kenneth Meehan, the fevered pace of work lent itself to the unrestrained and undeviated nature of the songs themselves. Songs that were written in observational scrutiny beneath the overcast atmosphere of 2016 and vigorously tackle the present-day heaviness we contain in the jotting bones of our guilty expressions. The twelve tracks boldly ask, "What age is this? What blooming weight do we carry?"
Daniel Romano took the stage for the first time in 1993 as the eight-year-old drummer for his family’s rhythm and blues band. He has since released six solo albums, on which he is the sole performer of all instruments, and launched a pioneering punk rock project called Ancient Shapes that Canadian metal blog Hellbound asserts is "an outstanding new work in its own right." Romano has simultaneously acted as a producer, engineer, artist, composer, arranger, and videographer. Over the past decade, he has gained three Polaris Music Prize nominations and three Juno nominations, as well as been awarded two platinum albums and Juno Awards for his performance, production, and arrangement work with artist City and Colour. His 2015 New West Records debut If I’ve Only One Time Askin’ garnered rave reviews from NPR’s Fresh Air, Rolling Stone Country, Mojo, Uncut, Boston Globe, and Exclaim!; and it set the stage for the release of Mosey, which Pitchfork praised as "songs that look to the great beyond" and The Line of Best Fit named one of "The Fifty Best Deep Cuts of 2016." The album features actress Rachel McAdams on standout track "Toulouse." McAdams is one of many impressive collaborators whom Romano has worked with throughout his career, including The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie, legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith, and trailblazing bands The Constantines and The Sadies.
Modern Pressure Track Listing:
1. Ugly Human Heart Pt. I
2. Modern Pressure
4. Pride of Queens
5. When I Learned Your Name
6. Sucking The Old World Dry
7. Ugly Human Heart Pt. II
8. Impossible Green
9. Jennifer Castle
10. Dancing With The Lady In The Moonlight
11. I Tried To Hold The World (In My Mouth)
12. (What's To Become) Of The Meaning Of Love
"[Modern Pressure] is the work of a pop craftsman who's confident about sharing finished pieces that sound like works in progress, or rather, as fragments that become complete and whole only when someone else, you or I, listen to them." - NPR's "Fresh Air"
“It's sonically spiritual to 2016's Mosey, and shows Romano continuing to sharpen his signature sound, combining elements of retro-tinged rock 'n' roll, country, and psychedelia to create a vibrant tapestry of tunes that feel just as at home in 2017 as they might in 1965.” - Noisey/Vice
"The songs’ storytelling harkens back to an early Bob Dylan-esque sound but filled with various instrumental and dynamic horn builds and mixed with Romano’s straight to the point, yet poignant lyricism." - EARMILK
“Modern Pressure feels vibrant and impassioned, adding a freshness to the otherwise vintage sound. It's the work of someone who truly pours their heart and soul into perfecting every song, scratching out and rewriting every lyric. Here's looking forward to whatever form Romano will take next.” - Exclaim!
“Daniel Romano sings like Adam Granduciel, plays guitar like a member of Thin Lizzy, and writes songs like Wilco at their power-poppiest.” - FLOOD Magazine
“...Modern Pressure is cool. Like, old-school cool.” - Vinyl Me, Please
“...delightful old-school choruses that are catchy as pop but read more organic.” - Nerdist
“Romano is a master of bricolage, piecing together disparate sounds from psych-rock’s past—whether backwards-tape experiments or trippy harmony singing—with a thoroughly modern sound and a load of pop hooks.” - Chicago Reader
“The ever-restless Romano just keeps on moving: from the marvelous countrypolitan reimaginings of 2015’s If I’ve Only One Time Askin’ to the power pop of his Ancient Shapes project to the swirling folk, pop, country, and psychedelica of his latest, Modern Pressure.” - Boston Globe
“To enjoy a new Daniel Romano album one needs to forget everything they know and perhaps like about the Daniel Romano present on the previous release and come at it with fresh ears and no expectations. Doing so opens up the myriad creative avenues Romano and company seem hell-bent on exploring for as long as they can, taking the music in new and different directions every time...remaining an uneasily classifiable, yet highly enjoyable artist unafraid to alienate fans by following his creative urges, wherever they may lead.” - PopMatters
“Whatever the reason, [Modern Pressure is] a tour de force, and one that ought to awaken the world to [Romano’s] considerable talents. One can only hope so.” - Glide Magazine
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